Four students representing Southwest Virginia at national spelling competition

Total of 13 contestants from Virginia.

VIRGINIA – Four students from Southwest Virginia are set to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The annual bee goes into preliminary rounds on Wednesday.

This is the 90th year that phenomenal spellers will show up to show off their brain power.     

Some will go home disappointed, while others move ahead to the final rounds. In the end, only one will take home the gold.

291 out of 11 million spellers will be competing. 

A few of them are from our area, including:

  • Eujine Kim, a 7th grader at Dunbar Middle School for Innovation in Lynchburg
  • 12-year-old Ryan Crawford, who attends Sacred Heart School in South Boston
  • William "Liam" Myers, an 8th grader at Marion Middle School in Chilhowie
  • Tina Huang, a 7th grader at Tazewell Middle School

There is a total of 13 contestants from Virginia.